First, a bit about my 20 favorite songs of 2007: These are songs I love, songs I enjoy, not ones that I think are important. That's a big difference from how I pick my best albums from a year. For example, I bumped Soulja Boy Tell'em's party single like 100 times, though it will soon fade; on the other hand, I think Pissed Jeans' "The Jogger" is awesome, but it makes me want to shoot myself. One makes this list; the other doesn't.

Alright, enough philosophy, the first batch of songs...

First, a bit about my 20 favorite songs of 2007: These are songs I love, songs I enjoy, not ones that I think are important. That's a big difference from how I pick my best albums from a year. For example, I bumped Soulja Boy Tell'em's party single like 100 times, though it will soon fade; on the other hand, I think Pissed Jeans' "The Jogger" is awesome, but it makes me want to shoot myself. One makes this list; the other doesn't.

Alright, enough philosophy, the first batch of songs...

20. Young Wise feat. Cridie Mac & Ty Wills "Blinded" The Cocky Mixtape Vol. 4 [Listen] This song features an amazingly catchy beat that flits happily around the street-tough lyrics of three solid Columbus emcees. It's another success from Young Wise, whose recent mixtape flurry hasn't been matched by anyone -- not even by Lil Wayne.

19. LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum" Sound of Silver [Listen] Hooray for North America! Play this song to any expat who refuses to love this country. At least we aren't plagued with mimes, as other European countries are. This song moves you both emotionally and physically, as Chris DeVille argues.

18. Anthony Hamilton "They Don't Know" Southern Comfort [Listen] Label disputes and poor marketing almost kept Hamilton's best work from surfacing. Those who heard his latest got a nice dose of classic soul, as the buttery stylist draws from Sly Stone, Sam Cooke and Teddy Pendergrast.

17. Golden Animals “Beautiful Stranger Blues” Through the Wilderness: A Tribute to Madonna [Listen] This song appeared on a tribute to Madonna, though the one-two garage punch of Golden Animals made something completely different -- and 100 percent better -- than the former pop star's song "Beautiful Stranger." (And, man, is her version awful.)

16. Johnossi "Glory Days to Come" Johnossi [Listen] This track wanders the expansive, breath-taking spaces navigated by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. And they did it with only two dudes. It's stripped-down, glorious American rock -- from Europe.

15. Solja Boy Tell’em “Crank That (Solja Boy)” Souljaboytellem.com [Listen] If you haven't heard this song, you need to resolve in the new year to leave your house at least once after 9 p.m. Soulja Boy's lyrics are ridiculous and his beats haphazard and self-conscious. I wouldn't expect anything less from a dude who named his album after his website.

14. El Jesus de Magico “X-Mas at Wounded Knee” Funeral Home Session [Listen] A lot of poppy noise came from Columbus this year, but almost none of it showed any restraint. That's what makes this song so good: It's weird, certainly, but it latches onto listeners rather than repelling them from the start and reeling them in later. Plus, apparently they recorded this EP in a funeral home.

13. Silverchair “Straight Lines” Young Modern [Listen] It was a treat to rediscover my old friends Silverchair, whose music blared from the halls of my middle school non-stop. They once sounded like Mad Season; now they sound like Coldplay. Everyone grows up, I guess, and their brand of stadium pop is better than most.

12. Greenlawn Abbey "Cigarette Girls" Foiled Again [Listen] The Columbus garage-pop band finally found its stride with their second release, and this song is the catchiest of the bunch. It, and several gems from The Secret Admirers, put once-defunct local imprint Datapanik back on the map.

11. One Republic "Apologize" Dreaming Out Loud [Listen] This sad, yearning ballad produced by Timbaland wasn't that high on my list until my beautiful, kindhearted girlfriend moved to Los Angeles. Now I can't stop playing it. It was a very amicable breakup, but still...